Fresh concerns for Rome in new China church rules
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New constitutions for Beijing-controlled church and bishops' bodies aimed at making religion in China more 'Chinese'
Religious statues in front of a check-in desk for the state-run Ninth National Congress for Catholic Representatives held in Beijing Dec. 26-29. (Photo by Greg Baker/AFP)
China's two government appointed Catholic bodies have released their revised constitutions with "Sinicization" as a central concept, seen as part of a broader strategy by Beijing to make all religion in the country more "Chinese."
Other changes in the appointment of senior officials finds the government-run bodies at even greater odds with standard Vatican practice, underscoring the difficult road ahead as the Holy See continues its talks with Beijing over — in the first instance — the appointment of bishops.
Specifically, "Sinicization" is now included in both constitutions.
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